Four Top-10 Finishers Lead Valpo on Friday at Gibson Invitational

The Valparaiso University track & field teams competed at the Gibson Invitational in Terre Haute, Ind. on Friday. Eric Carothers (Fishers, Ind./Hamilton Southeastern) led the way for the Brown & Gold, collecting the highest individual finish on the day as the team boasted four top-10 finishers.  

How It Happened

  • Carothers completed the 5000-meter run in 14:57.36, placing sixth in a 39-runner field to collect the team’s highest finish on the day. Evan Walda (Fort Wayne, Ind./South Side) placed 16th in the event, crossing the finish line in 15:06.45.
  • Grace Aurand (Highland, Ind./Highland) led the women with the top individual showing in any event, clocking a 17:57.05 in the 5000m to garner a seventh-place finish in a field of 31 runners.
  • Valpo placed two in the top 10 in the men’s hammer throw. Junior Alek Trafton (Lockport, Ill./Lockport) threw for a distance of 50.80m to finish ninth in the event. In the process, Trafton established a new career best and usurped Eddie Juszczak (Lowell, Ind./Lowell) for the team’s top hammer throw this season. Juszczak finished 10th on Saturday, throwing for 49.37m.
  • Lauren Mikolajczak (Bloomingdale, Ill./Montini Catholic) led the way in the women’s hammer, covering a distance of 45.47m to place 18th of 39.

Up Next 

Valpo will return to action on Saturday, April 17 as both the men’s and women’s teams will compete in the final day of the Gibson Invitational. A link to live results is available on ValpoAthletics.com.